1998 Miami Dolphins season

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1998 Miami Dolphins season
Head coach Jimmy Johnson
Home field Pro Player Stadium
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 2nd AFC East
Playoff finish Lost Divisional Round
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1997 1999 >

The 1998 Miami Dolphins season was the team's 33rd as a member of the National Football League. The Dolphins improved upon their previous season's output of 9–7, winning ten games.[1] The team qualified for the playoffs for the second straight year.

The 2012 Football Outsiders Almanac states that the 1998 Dolphins had the single biggest defensive improvement (from the previous season) from 1991–2011.[2]

As with the 1985 Bears, the Dolphins defeated a team (the Broncos) widely tipped a few weeks earlier to beat their unbeaten 1972 season,[3][4] although this time the Dolphins were not defending their status as the only unbeaten team since the Giants had already beaten the Broncos. Owing to the fact that before the admission of the Texans in 2002, scheduling for NFL games outside a team’s division were subject to much greater influence from table position during the previous season,[5] that game was the first time the Dolphins had opposed the Broncos since that same 1985 season.[6]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time Attendance
1 September 6, 1998 at Indianapolis Colts W 24–15 CBS 1:00pm
60,587
2 September 13, 1998 Buffalo Bills W 13–7 CBS 1:00pm
73,097
3 September 20, 1998 Pittsburgh Steelers W 21–0 CBS 1:00pm
73,948
4 Bye
5 October 4, 1998 at New York Jets L 9–20 CBS 1:00pm
75,257
6 October 12, 1998 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 21–28 ABC 9:00pm
74,051
7 October 18, 1998 St. Louis Rams W 14–0 FOX 4:15pm
65,418
8 October 25, 1998 New England Patriots W 12–9 CBS 1:00pm
73,973
9 November 1, 1998 at Buffalo Bills L 24–30 CBS 1:00pm
79,011
10 November 8, 1998 Indianapolis Colts W 27–14 CBS 1:00pm
73,400
11 November 15, 1998 at Carolina Panthers W 13–9 CBS 1:00pm
67,887
12 November 23, 1998 at New England Patriots L 23–26 ABC 9:00pm
58,729
13 November 29, 1998 New Orleans Saints W 30–10 FOX 4:15pm
73,216
14 December 6, 1998 at Oakland Raiders W 27–17 CBS 4:15pm
61,254
15 December 13, 1998 New York Jets L 16–21 ESPN 8:15pm
74,369
16 December 21, 1998 Denver Broncos W 31–21 ABC 9:00pm
74,363
17 December 27, 1998 at Atlanta Falcons L 16–38 CBS 1:00pm
69,754

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time Attendance
Wild Card January 2, 1999 Buffalo Bills W 24–17 ABC 12:30pm
72,698
Division January 9, 1999 at Denver Broncos L 38–3 CBS 4:00pm
75,729

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
New York Jets 12 4 0 .750 416 266 W-6
Miami Dolphins 10 6 0 .625 321 265 L-1
Buffalo Bills 10 6 0 .625 400 333 W-1
New England Patriots 9 7 0 .563 337 329 L-1
Indianapolis Colts 3 13 0 .188 310 444 L-2

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1998 Miami Dolphins
  2. ^ Football Outsiders Almanac 2012 (ISBN 1478201525), p.102
  3. ^ “Denver eyes 19–0, but there’s no rush” in Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 16, 1998
  4. ^ Freeman, Mike; “Chasing Perfection and Taking Questions; Voluble Broncos Are 13–0 and Ready to Talk” in New York Times, December 9, 1998
  5. ^ History of the NFL’s Structure and Formats
  6. ^ Denver Broncos v Miami Dolphins